Under 11 Boys Season So Far – A summary


A Great Start to the Season – but plenty of challenges ahead!

There has been a great start to the season for the Under 11 boys. The boys have been successful on a number of levels – competitively, technique development and just having great fun! Now we all need more match time.

There is a large group of boys at this age group and this has created healthy competition for places on each team. We completed 6 out of the scheduled 8 matches. The A group has played 2 matches and one cup game, the B group have had 2 matches and the C group one match so far. The match schedule is in the Club’s fixture booklet which all parents should have received. You can check what teams are playing and when.

In addition, we intend to run internal Under 11 matches and a few additional friendlies, as the season progresses. We want all the young talent in the club to have a chance to express themselves in match situations.

The boys have won 5 out of the 6 games they have played. There have been some excellent individual displays with bat and ball, as well as real team effort in the field. The boys are all well turned out, a credit to all the parents. They look the part; are well organised and well drilled, giving a strong impression to their opponents. Head Coach Matt Lunson has always stressed the importance that the boys look the part as well as play their part. Phoenix boys are a credit to the club.

Technique Development
Perhaps this year more than any other has witnessed the fruits of Head coach Matt Lunson’s work with the boys in the nets, ably supported by Jan our club professional.

To get the most from cricket, it is essential the boys establish good batting, bowling and fielding techniques at this early age. From these foundations, their natural talent can flourish.

It is instantly noticeable how much the boys have improved after a ‘one on one’ session with one of the club’s expert coaches. To any parents who haven’t sent their boy to one of these sessions, please let me strongly encourage you to do so. The improvements are tangible and the kids get a real appreciation for the game and how to play it. The coaching is focussed, but fun and the children just love it.

Just having fun!
Monday night training sessions have been great. Head Coach Matt Lunson has structured the sessions really well, and it is fantastic to see how the children have responded. When the weather has been good the smiles on all the children’s faces, and those of their parents, is infectious and a testament to the fun the kids are having at Phoenix.


6th May U11 A Malahide Away
Score: Phoenix 40 for 4 wkts
Malahide 38 for 10 wkts Phoenix Won By 32 runs

Best Batting: Louie McDonagh: 11 runs
Best Bowling: Haashim Sohail: 3 overs, 3 wkts, 2 runs

20th May U11 B Belvedere @ Home
Score: Phoenix 56 for 6 wkts
Belvedere 79 for 5 wkts Phoenix Lost by 28 runs

Best Batting: Sam Hayward Jones: 11 runs
Best Bowling: Robbie Robinson: 2 overs, 2 wkts, 2 runs

27th May U11 A Railway Union Away
Score: Phoenix 128 for 1 wkt
Railway 67 for 11 wkts Phoenix Won by 129 runs

Best Batting: James Maginnis (14); Ahmed Rathore (14)
Best Bowling: Alex Watson: 3 overs, 3 wkts, 4 runs
Haashim Sohail: 3overs, 3 wkts, 6 runs ;

2nd June U11 C The Hills @ Home
Score: Phoenix 97 for 6 wkts
The Hills 101 for 12 wkts Phoenix Won by 26 runs

Best Batting: Matthew Russell: 8 runs
Best Bowling Conor Kitching: 2 overs, 3 wkts, 4 runs

4th June U11 A Cup Old Belvedere Away
Score: Phoenix 74 for 8 wkts
Belvedere 69 for 6 wkts Phoenix Won by 5 runs

Best Batting: James Maginnis: 25 runs ret’d
Best Bowling Haashim Sohail: 4 overs, 2wkts, 0 runs
Ahmed Rathore: 4 overs, 2 wkts, 4 runs

10th June U11 B Malahide @ Home
Score: Phoenix 94 for 4 wkts
Malahide 81 for 11 wkts Phoenix Won by 48 runs

Best Batting: Jamie McGovern: 13 runs; Samran Mohmed: 13 runs
Best Bowling Hassan Zaidi: 3 overs, 3wkts, 2 runs:
Theo Dempsey: 3 overs, 3wkts, 5 runs